Speaking to Eric Eisenberg of Cinema Blend, Derrickson said that he only learned the story behind the upcoming Avengers film because of an interesting coincidence.
“I know the plot of Infinity War because I ran into Joe [Russo, co-director of Avengers: Infinity War] outside the bathroom at Marvel once,” Derrickson revealed. “He just kind of ended up pitching it to me. [laughs] Which was great!”
He said that despite knowing the plot, he didn’t need to give the OK or sign off on how the character was used.
“And Joe's a great guy and we're friends,” Derrickson said. “But there was never any need to consult with me; I didn't need it, I didn't ask for it.”
Marvel Studios’ honcho Kevin Feige keeps track of all of the characters and storylines, and he usually consults on how certain characters who cross over to different franchises are used.
But Derrickson also added another reason why he doesn’t know how Doctor Strange will be used in Avengers: Infinity War or Thor: Ragnarok: because he doesn’t want to.
“To be honest with you, how specifically they're going to use Doctor Strange, I don’t know” he said. “There’s a part of me that doesn't want to know. I want the movie to be a surprise!”
Doctor Strange hits Blu-Ray on February 28th. Thor: Ragnarok releases in theaters on November 3rd. Avengers: Infinity War will be in theaters on May 4th, 2018.
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